May 05, 2021
San Francisco Castro Mission

Mission Bay coffee truck Spro Coffee expanding to the Castro this summer

Castro residents will soon have another cafe option in the neighborhood. Mission Bay-based mobile cafe Spro Coffee Lab will be opening its second location at 500 Church St., formerly Mauerpark. Read More

May 04, 2021
San Francisco Castro Pacific Heights

Chef Melissa Perello on the reopening of Octavia and Frances: 'It's like opening two brand new restaurants'

It's been a long 14 months of total closure for a pair of acclaimed neighborhood restaurants, Octavia and Frances, both of which were opened by chef Melissa Perello in the last decade. And she says that the team is taking the task of reopening them one step at a time, with Octavia happening first. Read More

May 03, 2021
San Francisco Castro

Pastrami shop 'Hot Johnnie's' opening in the Castro this summer

Later this summer, Hot Johnnie's pastrami sandwich shop will be opening in the Castro at 4077 18th St., formerly Nizario's Pizza. Read More

May 01, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

AIDS Memorial Quilt panels to be displayed Sunday in Castro

Castro residents and visitors out for a Sunday stroll will have the opportunity to view panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt at two locations around the neighborhood this weekend. Read More

Apr 29, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle Twin Peaks

For second year in a row, Pink Triangle to be 'Illuminated' throughout Pride Month

While San Francisco's Pride parade will again not take place this year, the traditional Pink Triangle atop Twin Peaks will again be lit up like a giant gay beacon, this time throughout Pride Month. Read More

Apr 28, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle Mission

Castro CBD holds contentious town hall on security camera proposal

After months of delays, the Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit (Castro CBD) held a virtual town hall Tuesday about its proposal to install a private network of 125 security cameras, and it was highly contentious. Read More

Apr 22, 2021
San Francisco Castro

After 13 years, Castro neighborhood bar Last Call sold to new owners

After 13 years in the Castro, neighborhood watering hole Last Call Bar (3988 18th St.) has been sold to new owners. Read More

Apr 21, 2021
San Francisco Castro

Custom fine jewelry workshop Nick Engel & Co. opens in Castro

A new custom fine jewelry workshop Nick Engel & Co., which has been downtown for about 12 years, has opened in the Castro at 4011 18th St., formerly Mini-Chic and Turkish Modern. Read More

Apr 20, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Community provides feedback & criticism at Harvey Milk Plaza redesign town hall

Last week, the Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza (FHMP) held two virtual town halls seeking community feedback about its plans to redesign Harvey Milk Plaza, and the new design team offered multiple new conceptual approaches. Read More

Apr 16, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Castro cocktail bar Blackbird reopens after four-month hiatus with expanded outdoor seating

After a four-month hiatus, Castro cocktail bar Blackbird reopened Wednesday with expanded outdoor seating. Read More

Apr 13, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

2100 Market Street, formerly Home, Church Street Station, and The Truck Stop, makes appearance in 'Doodler' podcast

The one-story, flatiron-shaped building that once lived at 2100 Market was home to multiple businesses over several decades. One of its brief incarnations in the 1970s, a 24-hour diner called The Truck Stop, figures into the unsolved case of "The Doodler," a serial killer who preyed on gay men in San Francisco, and about whom Chronicle reporter Kevin Fagan has just done a new podcast. Read More

Apr 09, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Team with Saison ties set to open Mexican restaurant Comodo in the Castro

Hoodline has learned that two people who are part of the restaurant group behind two-Michelin-starred Saison are set to open a new Mexican restaurant at 2223 Market St., formerly Nomica and before that neighborhood favorite 2223 Restaurant. Read More

Apr 02, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Castro Business Briefs: Healing Cuts reopens, Academy expands, Harvey Milk Plaza survey, more

In this edition: a barbershop reopens, a social club expands, a hair salon temporarily moves, and a community group has launched an online survey about the redesign of Harvey Milk Plaza. Read More

Mar 24, 2021
San Francisco Castro

Former Harvey Milk camera store in Castro may become National Park site as HRC vacates space

The storefront at 575 Castro Street, which for over a decade has been home to a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) merchandise store but which was once the home of the camera store out of which Harvey Milk did much of his early political work, may be destined to become a national historic site. HRC announced that they are vacating the space in April, and the landlord has hinted at something "much larger" on the way. Read More

Mar 19, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Noe Art Mart continues offering queer artists a space to showcase and sell their creativity amid the pandemic

Every Sunday through the end of June, a block off Noe and Market streets transforms into an outdoor art market, where passersby can purchase anything from potted succulents to psychedelic portraits from participating vendors. Read More

Mar 17, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Castro Merchants awarded $50K grant to assist with COVID-19 economic recovery

Earlier this month the Castro Merchants were selected as one of four SF merchants' associations to receive a $50,000 Avenue Greenlight grant. Read More

Mar 11, 2021
San Francisco Castro

Castro Turkish & Greek dessert shop Aegean Delights now open

Castro residents and visitors looking for a place to satisfy their sweet tooth now have a new option. Turkish and Greek dessert shop Aegean Delights is now open at 545 Castro St, formerly Best in Show. Read More

Mar 10, 2021
San Francisco Castro

Owners of Castro's Fable Restaurant talk about surviving pandemic losses, and doubling down on their back patio

Fable co-owners Ramsey Garcia and Jon Vargas tell Hoodline about their pivot to takeout, getting a too-small PPP loan, and spending part of last year renovating their garden patio. Read More

Mar 05, 2021
San Francisco Castro Mission

Castro's long-troubled 7-Eleven closes permanently [Updated]

The 7-Eleven convenience store at 3998 18th St. (at Noe St.) has permanently closed, and Hoodline has learned its last day in business was Thursday, March 4. Read More

Mar 05, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Castro's Plant Therapy outgrows store, moves to larger location next door

Castro's apartment-ready plant shop Plant Therapy has outgrown its current location at 2095 Market St. (at Church St.) and opens tomorrow in a new, larger location. Read More

Mar 01, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Castro's Subway sandwich shop permanently closes

The Subway sandwich shop at 2375 Market St. in the Castro has permanently closed. Read More

Feb 23, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

During COVID year, Castro business owners report over $120,000 in smashed windows

Since the Castro Merchants launched a broken-window recovery initiative and survey last Thursday, neighborhood business owners have reported 72 incidents of vandalized and broken windows at a cost of $135,472.74. Read More

Feb 22, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Castro neighborhood group announces new Harvey Milk Plaza redesign team

Today the Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza (FHMP), announced the selection of SWA Group as the new design firm to redesign Castro's Harvey Milk Plaza (Market and Castro Streets). Read More

Feb 15, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Church & Market taqueria Casa Mexicana damaged in 1-alarm kitchen fire

Friday evening, Castro area taqueria Casa Mexicana (180 Church St., between Duboce and 14th) was damaged by a one-alarm grease fire in its kitchen. Read More

Feb 12, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Castro neighborhood bar Pilsner Inn reopens with patio seating after nearly one-year hiatus

Castro neighborhood bar Pilsner Inn (225 Church St.) reopened last week after a nearly one-year hiatus caused by shelter-in-place restrictions. The Pilsner's first day of outdoor drinks and food was February 5, much to the delight of customers, employees, and the bar's owners. Read More